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Old 05-01-2006, 08:28 PM   #1
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I did my first all grain this last weekend and everything went fairly smoothly. I did come up short on my gravity a bit. I didn't take the reading until after the boil. If you check it before the boil will it be the same?

I have some dme on hand and was going to add that, but since I didn't know about it till after the boil I just let it go. It wasn't too low. My question is What is the procedure for checking gravity and adding some extract if you want to compensate?

Can anyone give a short answer to how you check efficiency?

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Old 05-01-2006, 08:32 PM   #2
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IMO the best time to check gravity is right after runoff and before boiling. You only have to deal with the deadspace in the lautertun in terms of losses. Post-boil the gravity will obviously be different (higher), but the volume will be lower, as well, so the calculations will yield the same efficiency whether you check pre or post-boil.

However...as you note, the time to make adjustments to your gravity if you miss it to the low side is pre-boil. If you check pre-boil you can shore up your gravity with a bit of DME.

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Yup, what Barron siad.
I am a stats geek, so I take samples at very beginning of run-off, somewhere in the middle and again near the end, Then I take grav reading of the aggregate pre-boil.
The Imperial stout I made had a gravity of 1.095 on the first runnings, and was still at about 1.04 after getting over 9 gallons out of the mash.

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Old 05-03-2006, 02:12 AM   #4
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IMO the best time to check gravity is right after runoff and before boiling. You only have to deal with the deadspace in the lautertun in terms of losses. Post-boil the gravity will obviously be different (higher), but the volume will be lower, as well, so the calculations will yield the same efficiency whether you check pre or post-boil
You would think so. One day I decided to check my pre boil gravity @ 7.25 gallons(not something I normally do) to judge my expected final gravity and came up way short. I was racking my brain during the rest of the brew session how this happened. When the boil ended @ 6 gallons and I had time to check the gravity, to my surprise I still hit my gravity. This isn't rocket science, 6 divided by 7.25 is 82.75%. My pre boil gravity was no where near 82% of my post boil. I started coming up with this theory that gravity follows a non linear path. Who am I kidding, thats sober talk and just need to find out where I screwed up. That will be my mission on the next batch.
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Also remember that no matter what your efficiency is, the OG of the wort in the fermenter is the most important aspect. If you are making a recipe with a gravity of 1.054, over or under shooting it will not make the beer you set out to make.

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